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24 October 2017, 14:43

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LPR police detain Ukrainian saboteurs suspected of killing two deputies

LUGANSK, October 24 (Lugansk Media Centre) - LPR police detained Ukrainian commandos suspected of killing LPR People’s Council Deputies Anatoly Krivonosov and Inna Kuznetsova, the Republic’s Interior Minister Igor Kornet told a news briefing here on Tuesday.

“LPR Interior Ministry exposed and detained yet another subversive and terrorist group operating in the territory of our Republic,” Kornet said. “The group was set up by Ukrainian secret services to destabilise the situation in LPR.”

It specialised in committing crimes against LPR civil officers and deputies of various ranks. “I can make a substantiated statement that this group is suspected of committing the double murder of LPR People’s Council deputies,” he stated.

“Also, it has been ascertained that Chaporov’s group as well as the Slivok family’s group are a link in the chain of gangs inserted into the Republic’s territory by the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) and the Ukrainian Defence Ministry’s Main Intelligence Department,” the minister said.

“The group comprises professional saboteurs and LPR residents who were recruited by secret services when they travelled to Ukraine for various reasons. in 2014,” he said.

“The above persons are involved in the attack on a Lugansk public utility company executive. As they were committing the crime, the executive’s family was taken hostage. The criminals demanded valuables and money, but were quickly detained thanks to efficient actions by Interior Ministry officers,” Kornet said.

The saboteurs are now being interrogated. Police have evidence pointing to the suspects’ involvement in a series of crimes. The group is led by an Oleg Chaporov, 45. He is the only member of the group who managed to escape. LPR law-enforcers are taking measures to detain him, according to the LPR interior ministry.

Krivonosov and Kuznetsova were killed at their detached home in Lugansk overnight from August 26 to August 27, 2017. Interior Ministry Investigation Department head Alexander Karabut said police had been working on three possible leads.

The deputies were posthumously awarded the Order “Service and Courage” by LPR head Igor Plotnitskiy.

LuganskMediaCentre — 24 October — Lugansk